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Unique Summer Exercises

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As the summer reaches its peak, life can get pretty crazy. While taking vacation and spending additional time with your family is a good thing, it can also cut in to your traditional exercise time. After all, it’s hard to exercise if you’re driving to the beach!

We have already suggested some ways to stay cool as you exercise in the summer. Here are some creative ways to incorporate exercise into your summer routine, regardless of how atypical it may be!

While you’re at home:

So many chores, so little time. In the summer months, after getting that outdoor work done, the last thing you want to do is exercise. So why not combine the two?

Turn washing your car into an exercising opportunity. Instead of going through a drive-thru automatic car wash, get out the hose and the bucket and wash the car by hand. Or if that’s not an option, go to a car wash that allows you to scrub yourself. According to BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan, a car wash can burn 35 calories in 10 minutes.

Take advantage of trips to the store. If you’re just making a quick trip for a couple of items, can you walk or jog instead of driving? Or how about taking your Rhoades Car? It’s a quick way to get a few minutes of exercising in.

Make mowing the lawn and other yard work more productive. It’s not necessarily a fun chore, but mowing the lawn with a push lawnmower is a great workout! Gardening can be exercise as well; an hour’s worth of weeding and tending can burn as many as 300 calories!

Exercise while you’re on vacation:

Between the travel and the hustle and bustle, where’s the time to exercise, right? Here are some ideas for sneaking in a bit of cardio and healthy living without your family or travel group even noticing!

Take the stairs. Whether you’re at your hotel or sightseeing, there are probably more opportunities to take the stairs as opposed to the elevator. Greatist.com offers this good insight as well: Many tourist attractions that include stairs also have unique architecture or other things that you wouldn’t see if you raced to the elevator.

Go on a walking or biking tour. We’ve already discussed lots of vacation opportunities for a biking enthusiast, but here’s another reminder. Even if you’re not going on a vacation that was meant for biking or hiking or walking, there are opportunities to work them in. Instead of a bus tour of the city, opt for a walking tour. Or take your Rhoades Car with you on vacation and enjoy it in a new setting. (Don’t forget to take your referral cards to hand out when people ask you where you got it so you can collect those $150 referral fees!)

Stash healthy snacks in your room. Have a mini-fridge? Perfect! Go to the store and stockpile it with your favorite healthy snacks. Or go walk around the market (see, there’s another opportunity to walk!) and take advantage of all the healthy food options surrounding you.

While you’re at play:

Recreation is an obvious opportunity for exercise, whether you’re at home or on vacation. Here are some ideas you might not have considered, though.

Hiking or biking: We’ve mentioned this a lot, but it’s a great way to get a fun workout in to your tight schedule!

Kayaking: Paddling is hard work and is a great upper body workout. Prevention magazine writes that one hour of paddling can burn 340 calories!

Speedminton: Never heard of it? Prevention describes it as a “cross between racquetball, badminton, and tennis, but with no nets or walls involved.” All it requires is racquets, a speeder (similar to the birdie in badminton) and some chalk to draw a court. And it burns 400 calories an hour.

Inline skating: It might not necessarily be the trendy workout of the moment like it used to be, but there’s no doubting the benefits. A single hour of skating can burn more than 800 calories. And consider this – skating is better on your knees than jogging.

Swimming lessons: They’re not just for kids! Check with your local parks and recreation facilities to see whether they offer adult classes. It’s a great opportunity to workout and meet other people in your area.

Go to the playground: You have to take the kids to the playground anyway, right? So take advantage of the equipment available to you. Use the pull-up bars. Swing. Find space to do some planks or lunges. There’s more there than you think!

So … no more excuses! Take advantage of one (or several!) of these opportunities and get to exercising! Did you come up with another option not on this list? Share it with us below by leaving a comment please.

Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat

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Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat

As temperatures climb and many of us reach the hottest days of the summer months, exercising outdoors becomes trickier. We’ve all heard the many stories of athletes – both professional and amateur alike – suffering from heat exhaustion while working out in hot conditions.

Biking is one of those activities. If you’re going to ride while it’s excessively warm, consider these tips to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.

Consider the time of day.

If you don’t have to exercise or ride in the heat of the afternoon, don’t. Active.com contributor Joe Decker recommends early morning as the best time for outdoor activities on an excessively hot day.

It can’t be said enough. Drink lots of water before you head out. Take a water bottle with you. Also, be sure to replenish your electrolytes.

Clothing matters.

When it’s hot outside, it’s not the best time to wear your tight-fitting t-shirts. Opt instead for loose fitting clothing that’s lighter in color. Cotton is good; specially designed running shirts and shorts are better, as many of them are made with material specifically meant to keep you cool.

Wear sunscreen.

Yep, we’ve all heard this one over and over again as well, but it’s important. Apply at least an SPF 45 before heading out for a workout.

Consider humidity.

If the day is predicted to be both excessively hot and humid, move your workout indoors. Researchers say that humidity is a significant factor in exercising safely. On humid days, your body’s sweat doesn’t adequately evaporate to cool you, so you’re better off in an indoor location.

Rhoades CarDon’t exercise alone.

A good tip from the American Heart Association – having a friend or family member with you while exercising not only makes the activity more fun, but it’s safer for both of you. You’re never too old for the buddy system. Riding a Rhoades Car with a friend is always more fun.

Be smart.

Most importantly, pace yourself. If you’re forced to work out in the heat of the day, don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities. Consider indoor options if it’s excessively hot and you’re not able to get your exercise early in the morning.

But … it’s not all bad.

According to Men’s Fitness magazine, heat can actually improve your performance when taken into proper consideration. Now, it’s not recommended for the casual or recreational athlete, but studies have shown that high-level cyclists have made significant improvements once becoming acclimated to working out in a higher temperature.

Even so, high heat and humidity are not things to be taken lightly. Plan accordingly, hydrate and get out as early in the day as possible to enjoy the benefits of a summer workout and comfortable ride. Exercise is important, even in the heat of the summer.

How do you stay cool in the summer? Leave a comment.

Healthy Summer Recipes

Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s never too early to start planning the menu for your Fourth of July festivities.

Instead of going for the traditional cookout faire of hot dogs, hamburgers, and strawberry shortcake  – not exactly the definition of healthy eating – we’ve rounded up some healthier options to try.

The Main Course

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce

Healthy doesn’t have to mean flavor-free … or grill-free for that matter. You can still fire up the grill, but instead of hot dogs and kielbasa, try this chicken recipe from the Food Network and Bobby Flay. For those skeptical of the sauce, keep in mind that the recipe calls for not only peas, mint and cilantro … but jalapenos as well.

Turkey Burgers

Who says turkey burgers have to be boring? Another recipe from Bobby Flay, these turkey burgers call for goat cheese, a homemade lemon-honey mustard sauce and watercress. Classy.

The Salads

It’s one of the great picnic debates of all time: Macaroni salad or potato salad? Here are healthier options for both to please all of your guests.

American Macaroni Salad

It’s got all the key ingredients to a good macaroni salad – celery, onion and parsley.The key to this recipe? Only a half cup of mayonnaise. Instead, it relies on the lighter sour cream.That’s what makes it lighter than most salads – and better for you.

Potato-Egg Salad

It’s definitely not your traditional potato salad, covered in heavy mayonnaise. This recipe relies on the simple, calling for boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, drizzled in white wine vinegar and olive oil and topped with chives and red peppers.

The Vegetables

Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette

While this recipe calls for roasting the corn, it very easily could be grilled prior to your guests’ arrival and then cut off the cob. Another advantage to this dish? It can be served either hot or cold. Your choice, intentionally or not!

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Here’s a twist on the traditional fruit salad. Combine cucumbers, mangoes and avocadoes into a salad with a dressing that’s both salty and sweet. It’s a light and refreshing side dish.

The Dessert

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

It’s a great taste of summer … and with only 8 grams of fat per serving, it’s significantly lighter than a traditional cobbler. Add some vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream, and you’ll be all set.

Are you hungry yet? If those menu options aren’t quite up your alley, there are plenty more to choose from. Check out these resources for healthy summer meal options:

The Food Network

Eating Well

The Cooking Channel

What are you cooking?

What’s your favorite Summer recipe? Leave us a link or paste the recipe in the comments below to share with us. Thanks!